Serinus Energy Inc. announced that a failure of the electrical submersible pump (ESP) for well CS-3 on the Chouesh Es Saida Concession in Tunisia has resulted in a temporary loss of full production from this well, Market Wired reported.

Despite the diligent efforts of the Tunisian technical team at the international upstream oil and gas exploration and production company, it has been determined that a replacement ESP will be required to bring this well back onto production. The average daily production for the fourth quarter to date from this well has been 260b/d of oil equivalent, according to the company’s website.

The company is now in the process of procuring a replacement ESP for the well and will provide further updates once a definitive timetable for the resumption of production from the CS-3 well has been determined.

This comes as Petrofac had halted gas production in Tunisia after two weeks of renewed protests on the southern Kerkennah islands. The shutdown occurred just three months after Petrofac restarted operations at Kerkennah’s Chergui gas field, following nine months of disruptions due to protests. Petrofac had threatened in September to shut down operations entirely and leave Tunisia, but the government reached a deal with protesters demanding jobs and development.